Summer has ended and autumn beckons as the race season continues with plenty of events this Paralympic weekend. As the light starts to go, runners think about switching to tarmac after a summer spent on trails and fells. However, there are still off-road races for those who don't want to make that change just yet.
Full Bodied Running
Dive in this Saturday (10 September) with Bog Commander Mud Run and Obstacle Course Race (OCR) in the Peak District. Staying with extreme events, there is the National Forest Way 75-mile ultra that starts from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and finishes at Beacon Hill in Leicestershire.
Less painful perhaps but still challenging is the Birmingham Canal Canter Marathon organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA). The majority of entrants are walkers but runners are welcome too.
Saturday would not be complete without a treat and this weekend we have two. There is the Great Worcester Wineathlon, an 8-mile trail run with three feed stations including wines from different regions. Alternatively, there is the Chocolate 5K in Dorridge with a post-run, cocoa-themed buffet. This could be a difficult decision!
It is shorter distances on Sunday (11 September) with the Lichfield 10K, Stratford’s Big 10K and Dyrham Park’s 10K and 5K. There is also the Boldmere Bullets 10K and 5K event, to raise funds for their 2016 chosen charity, Breast Friends of Sutton Coldfield. Another fundraiser is the Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Half Marathon in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
And there is always cross-country to look forward to…
For more information about these events, visit our race listings section.
Photo courtesy of The Great Worcester Wineathlon.